Commodore in the Lab

Since the late 1980s, Dr. Nancy Dess of Occidental College in Los Angeles has used a Commodore 64 in her laboratory experiments. Robert Bernardo visited her lab in 2007 and took the following photographs.

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The C64 controls the the relay panel and receives telemetry from the instrumentation In a chamber such as this, the lab rats are exposed to external stimuli such as sound A wider view of Professor Dess' set-up One of the specialized boards Prof. Dess uses to connect the C64 to the other equipment
The C64 controls the the relay panel and receives telemetry from the instrumentation In a chamber such as this, the lab rats are exposed to external stimuli such as sound A wider view of Professor Dess' set-up One of the specialized boards Prof. Dess uses to connect the C64 to the other equipment
 
A view of the board populated with the specialized ROMs Another view of an unpopulated board next to the C64 The external equipment Noise generator
A view of the board populated with the specialized ROMs Another view of an unpopulated board next to the C64 The external equipment Noise generator
 
More sound equipment Electric shock equipment Instructions for the shock chambers Instructions for the C64 shock program!
More sound equipment Electric shock equipment Instructions for the shock chambers Instructions for the C64 shock program!
 
  Tubes to control the solenoids in the equipment A complete view of the professor's set-up including chambers  
  Tubes to control the solenoids in the equipment A complete view of the professor's set-up including chambers  
 
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